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After Easter

The weeks after Easter bring many reflections on the meaning of Easter. As one who wrote a book about resurrection (The Trouble with Resurrection), I am often amused at what folks assume Easter means in the New Testament. I despair of the New Testament ever getting a fair and honest reading.

Promiscuous Jesus

Promiscuous and Jesus are two words not normally associated. We might think of them as opposites. But I was recently reminded that they belong together. Following the publication of my blog “Burying my Son,” one part of which dealt with the offensive closed communion at the funeral mass, an old friend and Westar Fellow, himself […]

Really Dead / Truly Alive

The bizarre phrase “dead in Christ” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 has long fascinated me, but never more than in dealing with the recent death of my son. The phrase appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the earliest extant discussion of death and resurrection in the New Testament. I have discussed this text at some length in […]